Looking for a last-minute getaway that will get you out and about, enjoying some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery and filling your days with a host of active pursuits? We offer five destinations worth exploring, plus a few words of advice before you hit the road.
Holidays may be a little different this year, but if Covid-19 has given us anything, it’s a greater appreciation for life’s many treasures, and a holiday in Ireland offers so much to write home about. So don’t worry that a trip abroad isn’t on the cards this summer – you may well discover a corner of this wonderful country you’ve never really seen before… and it may become your new favourite spot.
Before you plan your staycation, however, remember that not only do you need to book your accommodation, but activities and meals out may also need to be organised well in advance. Especially now, with restaurants, cafés and vendors having to keep to strict guidelines, capacity is limited and therefore booking ahead is not only advised but essential. Pack a picnic if you’re travelling around all day, as last-minute bites may be difficult to come by, and before you reach your destination, be sure to check ahead what local shops are in the area and allow time for queuing.
If you’re worried the summer is almost over and you’ve yet to plan anything, don’t fret – there are still great getaways to be had across the length and breadth of this island, with hotels offering great value midweek packages. Once schools reopen, consider making the most of those sunny September weekends before everyone becomes busy again as life slowly returns to a new normal.
Here are five Irish destinations for an active staycation…